Anonymous said: Are you homophobic?
No not at all. I’m don’t ‘support’ the lifestyle, but I don’t hate them, or discriminate against them. Jesus still loves them, so I do too.
the christian way to say you’re homophobic.
Not even remotely true. There are some christians who fully support the LGBT+ community(such as I) and there are some who don’t. There are some who are crazy against it, some who are all for it and some like Jadathedirector who are neutral about it. Like she said, she doesn’t hate or discriminate against them, so why would that make her homophobic? If she says she doesn’t necessarily support them, that doesn’t mean she is homophobic. If we’re going to talk about homophobic christians let’s talk about Vladimir Putin.
First of all, if you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. And what we need to discuss is not ‘homophobia’ but heterosexism. The Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson explains, “An ‘ism’ is prejudice plus the power to put that prejudice into practice.”
Based on the dictionary definition of prejudice (preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience), for one to say one does not approve of “the gay lifestyle” is prejudice. Usually what they really mean (and the only thing they can mean since there is no such thing as a gay lifestyle or significant difference between gay people and straight people other than the gender of their partner) is that they think gay sex is icky, and thus the persons engaging in this ‘conduct’ are declared ‘unnatural’ or ‘wrong’ simply because the person is too immature to discuss or empathize about how some people have sex. Thus they have formed a preconceived opinion not based on reason or actual experience — PREJUDICE. This is notwithstanding the fact that those who accuse gay people with being only concerned with sex base their whole argument against what they call the ‘gay lifestyle’ on their obsession with sex and how we’re ‘doing it wrong.’
Now if the person puts this prejudice into practice —ex. voting against equal marriage, excluding LGBT people from the life of the church, or violence against LGBT people— that’s heterosexism.
You don’t have to be a tyrant like Vladimir Putin to be heterosexist. You just need the power to put prejudice into practice. Putin is an extreme example of this, but there are still subtle ways that people with power enshrine heterosexism, sexism, cissexism, or racism in our laws and in society. Also, ignoring or failing to realize and seek to transform this unjust hierarchical structure of society is part of this ‘ism.’
I think this ‘I love you but not your lifestyle’ stuff is just a softening of tone, since it’s increasingly not acceptable to put down gay people in polite conversation. —Enrique
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